Life as a married couple :: Year 1

Tomorrow its our one year wedding anniversary. One year. It’s seems so long ago but yet the time passes way too fast. I have to admit nothing really changed but then all has changed… Does that even make sense?

Well being a couple for 8,5 years before getting married kinda gave us enough strength, knowledge and composure not to freak out when times are a bit rough or the way we would like them to be.

wedding bands

I have to admit I didn’t imagine my first year quite like it has turned out. But than I didn’t really have any ideal scheme of our year as newly weds. There have been times I felt lonely the past year. Work has been plenty for both of us but Mr. ♥ worked for a third person. We knew what was coming – living with it though is rough.

I had romantic plans of us getting a picture of every season during our first year (as I had seen on Pinterest) – take a guess, didn’t happen, we didn’t take any romantic trips together besides our honeymoon.

But still it was a great year! I know we can trust each other. I know in the end of the day it’s us we take care off. So what have I figured out so far:

1. Love is shown in the little things and not necessarily in grand gestures.

2. Saying “I am sorry” sucks but saying it, is often all it takes.

3. Laughing together is the best thing that can happen. Specially in tense situations. But the goofy ones are my fav.

4. Having a couch day is equalling happiness.

5. Sometimes it helps to set a date to actually make time for each other. We used to do date nights and I hope we can reintroduce into our schedule.

What have you learnt in your marriage so far? What will I have to look forward too? Let me know.

Oh and tomorrow on our actual anniversary I invite you for cake. Yep that’s me cake for all.

Happy Anniversary,

Tobia

 

PS: photo made by the great wedding photographer Anja Schneemann

Cooking for Two – Book review

Hey everyone,

I have sometimes actually always a hard time cooking for two.

I come from a family of five. So does Mr. ♥. One pack of spaghetti or a whole net of potatoes was quite common. Unfortunately that is how I’m still measuring to the day. I also tend to cook in big pots enhancing the problem of “it doesn’t look enough”.

So when the Landwirtschaftsverlag ask me if I would like a copy of their new book “Rezepte für Zwei” I couldn’t yell yes fast enough.

Rezepte für Zwei

I like that the book is structured in times of the day you can eat: mornings, lunch and evenings and then there are four chapters for specially occasions: desserts, dinner, snack and outdoors.

bread out of pan

When going through the book I always had this romantic picture of a summer picnic in mind. That is maybe why the bread recipes have spoken to me the most. I tried something I’ve never done before:

Bread out of the pan – Pfannenbrot

you need:

20 g yeast (fresh)
1 tsp honey
220 ml lukewarm water
150 g flour
120 g spelt flour
1 tsp salt
shortening or oil for baking

Pfannenbrot and butter

and that is how it’s done:

Put yeast in a glass and add honey. Let sit for 2 minutes. Now add 110 ml of the lukewarm water and stir until dissolved.

Mix flour and salz in a bowl. Add yeast mixture and rest of the water. Mix well until you have a pasty consistency. If necessary add more water. Let rise for 30 minutes while covered.

Heat a pan, add shortening or butter and let melt. Turn down heat and add dough. Push gently down so it is flat. Let bake for 10-15 minutes on lowest heat while covering up with a lid. Then turn dough and bake another 10 minutes.

Let cool a bit before serving.

Lemon Butter

you need:

2 lemons (organic, unattended)
1-2 tsp brown sugar
1-2 twigs of tarragon
125 g butter (room temperature)
1 pinch of salt

Lemon Butter

how you do it:

Wash lemons and dry. Grate lemon skin of one lemon. Squeeze both lemons. Add lemon juice and lemon zest into pan. Add sugar. Let boil and then reduce heat to low temperature. Let simmer until 1/3 of mixture remains. Let cool.

Wash tarragon and hack finely. Whip butter and herb. Add lemon concentrate. Add salt to taste. Let sit 1 hour in refrigerator before serving.

I served mine with spinach salmon salad and it was really tasty.

Pfannenbrot und ButterRezepte für Zwei is a fun book with lots of recipes – traditional dishes with a new interpretation or classics from other countries. The only thing I wished for was nutrition infos.

I think it would make perfect Valentines Day gift. Isn’t cooking together one of the most romantic things to do together?!

And I also think this book might be my go to present for every one moving together for the first time. Maybe even with a Pfannenbrot and some butter.

And because I just made myself a yummy flat bread sandwich and will really enjoy it, it’s going to Wednesday Favorites over at Frollein Pfau’s.

Happy Wednesday,

Tobia

PS: I received a copy of the book from Landwirtschaftsverlag to review. I choose the recipes myself and my opinion is my very own. Thank you for letting me have a copy.

New Month Resolutions :: February Edition

Hey there,

are you ready to set some new month resolution for February? I’ve big plans but lets have a look at my January list first and see how I did.

new month resolution

#1 I will loose 3 kg of my current weight!
→ I really did make this one. Quite proud. Without planning I passed on every candy, cake and chocolate coming my way – except dad’s birthday.

#2 I will be walking parts of my commute bus ride home at least once a week.
→ I did walk parts every week however I thought I would be walking more.

#3 I will declutter my closet and move only wearable clothes into my new wall closet.
→ yep, done! Threw out lots of stuff, donated one ikea bag and another one is ready to get sold.

#4 I will clean stuff in the apartment twice a week for 30 minutes right when coming home.
→ *ggrrrr* really didn’t do it once even though I felt like I only clean and put things away…

#5 I will start sewing myself a purse or start knitting the hat.
→ done. See result here.

#6 I will bite my tongue and not be bitchy.
→ mhm I really don’t know. I feel like I wasn’t so grumpy but I still can name a few stations where I could have been nicer…

 

So let’s seen what I will do in February:

sketch note February resolution

Contribution to goal #1
♥ Keep on walking parts of my way home
♥ Loosing 2 kg of weight
♥ Exercising by dancing at least once a week

 

sketch notes February Resolutions

Contribution to goal #3
♥ After the bedroom I will move to the hallway, clean out shoes and my “junk drawer”, reorganize and hopefully get rid of stuff.

 

sketch noting February Resolutions

Contribution to goal #5
♥ Add a few more items to the store. Some are half done so just get down to it.

 

sketch notes February Resolutions

Contribution to goal #6
♥ keep on reading. In January I read 4 books, 3 being a classic. I will read at least one in February. Thinking Dracula or the Wizard of Oz.

 

sketch noting February Resolutions

Contribution to goal #7
♥ A few birthdays coming up in February and the will get a card!

Well I think it is again quite a long list. But I like doing it this way. Sometimes I add a few things I am not listing. How are you coming along with your resolutions? Let me hear.


Lots of energy,

Tobia